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there is always a first snow of the season and this one will be a strong one. as area of low pressure moves across the rockies east through northern missouri before taking a more northeasterly track toward detroit. this puts eastern iowa in a prime positon to receive heavy snows. tonight and friday morning we remain dry. in fact the snow will not really pick up until after nightfall. as it looks right now, when you wake up saturday morning you can expect to see 4-6" of snow on the ground with the potential for higher amounts. travel will be impacted friday evening through the midday hours of our saturday. stay with kcrg for the most complete coverage of our pending winter storm. for those of you planning to
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travel to cedar falls for tomorrow's high school championship games... they've all been moved to monday. we are trying to see if we will still be able to broadcast those games on kcrg 9-point-2. significant snowfall by the weekend would be earlier than usual. and that means road crews have to shift gears and get ready to plow snow instead of finishing other projects. kcrg t-v nine's dave franzman joins us live tonight on first avenue in cedar rapids. dave, so is everyone ready for tomorrow's snow? bruce, the city of cedar rapids sent us a note detailing some of the winter preparations. the city has up to 90 pieces of equipment ready to go when the snow sticks and six thousand tons of snow-fighting sand and salt in storage. at the linn county secondary roads department, the plows normally
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get attached to trucks the week of thanksgiving. so the preparations here are just a few days early. by contrast, d-o-t crews who work the main highways have everything winter ready by october 15th as a matter of policy. many vehicles used for plowing do double duty by hauling rock and other material for road projects during better weather. but most of those projects are wrapping up now so getting snow-ready early isn't a problem. "we know winter is coming, normally shows up middle of december. this year, maybe we'll have a white thanksgiving" "we have plows ready to go, are trucks are calibrated so the spinners that put out the material they know how much they're putting out so ready to go by october 15th but thankful when winter another month for us" one thing new for the d-o-t this winter will be blue and white flashing lights only on trucks plowing the left hand lands of
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it's an experiment to see if this kind of light is more visible to drivers to avoid collisions with plows. the iowa d-o-t typically begins using a salt brine mixture on bridges and roads before a storm to improve traction. but that won't start before tomorrow because the ground is still too warm for the brine to stick right now. live in cedar rapids, dave franzman kcrg tv9 news. in our continuing coverage of last week's terror attacks in paris... french authorities say the mastermind of the attacks is dead. they say police killed abdelhamid abaaoud during the raid in paris yesterday. the 27-year- old's body was badly disfigured in the firefight with police. but investigators used abaaoud's fingerprints to identify him. abaaoud left his native belgium for syria in 2014 and became a well-known jihadist who was featured prominently in islamic state propaganda videos. french and u-s authorities are troubled
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that he was able to move back and forth between syria and europe, and stage an attack that killed 129 people. "it is urgent for europe to should come together, organize to defend itself from terrorist threat." police believe abaaoud was planning a second attack in paris when police moved in wednesday. raids in connection with the paris attacks are ongoing with at least 9 people detained today in belgium venues across the u-s have tightened security in the wake of the paris attacks. one of those is kinnick stadium. we'll show you what the university of iowa is planning for this weekend, coming up on the kcrg-tv9 news at six. the u-s house today ratcheted up the political battle over syrian refugees that could be coming to the u-s. the house passed a bill that would pause the refugee program so the government can beef up the screening process. but a-b-c's megan hughes reports, the white house has already threatened a veto.
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leaders called a "pause." thousands of syrian and iraqi refugees would be shut out of the country- while intelligence officials develop a program to certify the refugees are not threats. ryan don't you think common sense dictates that you take a pause and get this right? homeland security secretary jeh johnson says the u-s vetting process for refugees already takes almost two years. johnson we're also talking about a class of people who are predominately - women and children-who are the victims of violence in syria right now. more than 2,000 syrian refugees already live in the u.s-and the rhetoric against them is getting heated. more than 30 governors say they won't accept any more into their states. a tenessee republican leader even went a step further-asking the nationalguard be used to round up syrian refugees who are already here. casada i am sounding the alarm...terrorists are here what do we do?
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on the campaign trail, candidate ben carson compares refugees to dogs? terrorists to rabid dogs. carson: if there's a rabid dog running around the neighborhood, probably not going to assume something good about that dog and you're going to want to put your children away," at a congressiona l hearing-the president of a refugee resettlement program expressed disbelief at the languange being used. mark hetfield, hias president, i mistakenly thought "irish need not apply" days were over?but i'm sad it's not. reporter tag: on the senate side today, democratic leaders want to change a program that allows many europeans into the country without a visa. the a-b-c affiliate in phoenix reports u-s border protection agents have arrested six middle eastern men along the southern border of arizona. five of the men are from pakistan and one is from afghanistan. border patrol agents picked up the men in arizona, on monday. an f-b-i spokesman says the group was being smuggled in to the country with some mexican nationals. in a statement, the u-s customs and border protection said a records check shows no derogatory information about the individuals.
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and federal officials say eight syrians presented themselves to immigration authorities along the texas-mexico border. the department of homeland security said the two families - including four children - crossed the border tuesday. it's not uncommon for syrians and others from the middle east to seek asylum in the u.s. through various routes. an 18-year-old american was among five people who died in a pair of palestinian attacks today. ezra schwartz was from sharon, massachusett s. his facebook page says he was studying in israel before college. gunfire killed schwartz and two israelis in the west bank area. a separate knife attack in tel aviv killed two other israelis. families in cedar rapids will soon have another choice for elementary school students. find out why the district is opening a second magnet school, and where it will be... coming up.
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there is always a first snow of the season and this one will be a strong one. as area of low pressure moves across the rockies east through northern missouri before taking a more northeasterly track toward detroit. this puts eastern iowa in a prime position to receive heavy snows. tonight and friday morning we remain dry. in fact the snow will not really pick up until after nightfall. as it looks right now, when you wake up saturday morning you can expect to see 4-6" of snow on the ground with the potential
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for higher amounts. travel will be impacted friday evening through the midday hours of our saturday. stay with kcrg for the most complete coverage of our pending winter storm. tonight: mostly clear low: 22-28 winds: w 5-15tomorrow: pm snow likely high: 36-42 winds: var 5-15tomorrow night: heavy snow, windy low: 23-29
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high: 28 - low: 26 sunday: mostly sunny high: 27 - low: 8 monday: partly cloudy high: 37 - low: 19 tuesday: partly cloudy high: 41 - low: 23 wednesday: mostly cloudy high: 44 - low: 28 thursday: chance of showers high: 45 - low: 35
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if you want to find the latest drug approved by the food and drug administration, don't bother with the pharmacy aisle. try the fish freezer. more on the first genetically engineered food animal approved for sale in the u-s is coming up. and a former subway pitchman finds out how long he'll be in prison for child pornography, stay with your 24 hour news
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a big announcement from the food and drug administration. today, it approved the first genetically modified animal to eat -- salmon. proponents believe this will help make salmon more available for consumers. but a-b-c's brandi hitt reports that critics say many people are still in the dark about what they're eating. nats -- for the first time ever... genetically modified salmon can make it to your dinner table. it's the first altered animal product... approved by the f-d-a... for consumption. sot -- dr. richard besser, abc news chief health & medical editor only difference that the food and drug administration could determine...was that the salmon grows faster.
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is grown using conventional techniques." 10 aqua-bounty -- the company behind the engineered salmon -- calls it a "game changer"... taking dna from a chinook salmon... and from a sea eel... to produce a new salmon... that grows quickly -- from birth. nats -- abc news toured aqua- bounty's panama facility in 2012... where a typical atlantic salmon... is dwarfed by the genetically altered fish. sot -- john buchanan, aquaculture technologies scientist market side... at least 12 months before any other type of salmon that's out there." 3 critics though call it -- "frankenfish"... and are concerned changing an animal's genetic code... could lead to human health issues over time. just like genetically modified crops... the f- d-a determined there was no safety or nutritional difference requiring engineered salmon to be labeled.. . meaning consumers may not know they're eating it. sot -- sot -- mark hardy, north dakota grain farmer food supply." the hotly debated issue -- has even led some in hollywood to demand labels for all genetically modified food. sot -- gwyneth paltrow, actress & mother
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in the food that i feed my family." there's no word yet on when this genetically engineered salmon will hit store shelves. health experts say if you have concerns... look for salmon that has the label "wild caught." brandi hitt -- abc news -- los angeles. a judge today sentenced disgraced former subway pitchman jared fogle to more than 15 years in federal prison. the 38-year old pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography and crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors... some who were 16 and 17 years old. fogle has paid a total of 1- point-4 million dollars in restitution to 14 different victims. he worked for subway for 16 years. the company fired fogle once the charges surfaced earlier this year. in august, cedar rapids opened its first magnet school, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. today, the district announced it will open a second magnet school with a different emphasis. details are coming up. and dubuque wants to know what would get
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second magnet school next year. kenwood elementary school will become a magnet school geared toward teaching leadership skills to students. the district will rename the school the kenwood leadership academy magnet school. it will remain open to preschool through 5th grade students in the school's attendance zone. but it will also admit 40 to 70 additional students through a lottery. the district's associate superintendent says it's meant to offer another choice for parents. "it was part of our school improvement advisory committee's recommendation that in order to improve and increase the amount of choice that we're able to give our families and to provide different options for them that magnet schools made a lot of sense."
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pickering says the lottery will open in the spring. the district has applied for a 15 million dollar grant to help fund the new school as well as any magnet schools the district may want to open in the future. the district opened the johnson steam academy magnet school in august. dubuque is looking for input on when and where people want to ride "the jule" transit system. the city is putting out a survey to see how the transit system can improve service to the dubuque area. it says this will help when applying for grants and other funding sources. the city's also getting requests for extended hours and different days of the week, but it wants to know how much interest there is in this. "we don't get a lot of requests of different parts of town anymore, cuz i think we've done a good job meeting a lot of those needs i cant say we've got all of them, but we've done a good job at meeting most of those and so most of those requests we get are for that weeknight evening service."" right now, the jule runs monday through saturday starting at six a-m
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each day. we've put a link to the survey under the newslinks section of kcrg dot com. each year more than 400-thousand people die from illnesses from tobacco use.. yet 44 million americans still smoke cigarettes. today is the american cancer society's great american smokeout. the annual event encourages people to quit smoking for the day, put together a quit smoking plan, or just quit for good. "seek a program that gives evidenced based medicine to help quit. it's the most important thing you can do. with that program they will help you get tips and tools to take that journey." the american lung association says as soon as a person quits smoking, the body begins to repair the damage from smoking. smoking is the most preventable cause of disease and premature death in the u.s. doctors say health improves even 20 minutes after someone quits. joe will have the latest on that winter storm coming
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recappingcareful as the city is seeing an increase in home burglaries. and see what a dubuque group is doing to change opinions people might have about other religions. that's tonight on t-v nine news at six.
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tonighrecapping today's top stories, the u-s house has approved a bill that would suspend allowing syrian and iraqi refugees into the u-s after last week's terrorist attack in paris. the president has already said he will veto it. city, county and d-o-t plows and other equipment will be hitting the roads to move snow from tomorrow's storm. they say even though it seems a little early, their equipment is still ready. let's go back to joe now for a final look at tonight's forecast. there is always a first snow of the season and this one will be a strong one. as area of low pressure moves across the rockies east through northern missouri before taking a more northeasterly track toward detroit. this puts eastern iowa in a prime positon to receive heavy snows. tonight and friday morning we remain dry. in fact the snow will not really pick up until after nightfall. as it looks right now, when you wake up saturday morning you can expect to see 4-6" of snow on the ground with the potential for higher amounts. trave tonight, breaking news, now
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